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Branden S.

Branden S.

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Crucial RealSSD C300 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1
Crucial RealSSD C300 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1

Pros: This thing is definitely a screamer. I already own the Intel X25M drive in my laptop and I can tell a speed difference between the two. I think the Intel might boot slightly faster, but after that its no contest. I'm running this on 6Gbps SATA III so I'm getting the full speed out the device. Everything feels just about instant besides Adobe products, rendering video, and of course boot up times. Adobe programs open within 4 seconds and all other programs one second or less. Installing files blips by faster then I have time to blink in some cases. It's nice to click "Install" and then finish a sec later. Boot up times I didn't really get the exact time (youtube it) but it's about 3 to 5 seconds after typing in your windows password you are fully operational on a bare machine. Definitely makes me feel spoiled after using other peoples machines on HD's. Speeds in MB (with SSD tweaks): SEQ Read: 359 SEQ Write: 141.8 512K Read: 328.1 512K Write: 142.9 4K Read: 29.16 4K Write: 5

Cons: I only have the 128GB version which is slower than the 256GB in case any of you are wondering. Unfortunately this is how they are pushing them out these days to give you the incentive to upgrade to the highest size; which already comes at a price premium. This works as a great boot up drive with some larger programs thrown in the mix (Adobe Suite, Starcraft II, etc) but storage will run much lower over time with application creep. Luckily trim support in windows 7 addresses the slow down issues with previous SSD's getting too full and slowing down because of it. No Raid 0 TRIM support but thats a con for all SSD's in general. It's much more difficult to implement then you think after investigating the issue some. Sata III (6Gbps) is likely to get saturated in the next year or two with only one drive because of the speedy advancements of SSD technology, so we might have to start resorting to PCI SSD options if SATA 4 doesn't get a move on quick.

Overall Review: I recommend you do some speed tweaks on the SSD. I personally don't use System Restore (backup kinda guy) so I've disabled that to increase space. I'd recommend lowering or dropping down the Page file size as well if you have the ram to handle it as it chews away a lot of storage; a whopping 24GB for me because windows matches the ram in your machine! I may actually go to another Intel in Q4 because they are pretty much going to be the same speeds but larger sizes in the G3 models at supposedly the same prices. That's not to say I'm not satisfied with the drive, quite the contrary. I'm actually extremely satisfied with this SSD and the performance shows. This is the exact reason why I'll be upgrading my boot storage drives more often then say the CPU or graphics card now because the performance is amazing, especially coming from a HD. Sys: i7-950 (stock for now while I run more stability tests) Corsair H50 CPU Cooler Asus Sabertooth X58 24GB Ram Gskill Ripjaw DDR3 1333 Nvidi

10/17/2010